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There are so many different types of chairs. Wing chairs, club chairs, rocking chairs, and that is just to name a few.

There is a chair to fit every need and every kind of space, so it is best to look at all different kinds before deciding on one.

1. Chair and a Half

Photo (c) RC Green

A chair and a half is a very useful piece of furniture, being slightly larger than a chair and smaller than a loveseat.

The width of a chair and half makes it an ideal piece of furniture for lounging. The chair featured here is modern in style, but you can find one in any style. It may have a tight back and a tight seat, or have loose cushions for the back and seat. It could also have a tight back with a loose seat.

This type of chair is versatile and can work in a number of settings, such as a small living room or a bedroom.

About Chair and a Half

RC Green's chair and a half is a beautifully designed piece of modern furniture.

2. Wing Chair

Photo (c) Norwalk Furniture

Although the wing chair is a very traditional kind of chair, it has been reinterpreted and given a more contemporary flavor by many modern designers.

Wing back chairs are distinguished by the side panels or "wings" on the back, which originally served the purpose of shielding from drafts in a room, or excessive heat from the fireplaces. While you hardly need them to protect you from drafts, the wings provide a comfortable surface to rest the head for taking naps.

Candice Olson designed this wing chair for Norwalk Furniture, and it is a very inviting chair, perfect for lounging or reading.

3. Chaise Longue

Sine Chaise, Thayer Coggin
Photo (c) Thayer Coggin

A chaise is essentially a long chair, one on which you can stretch your legs without having to use an ottoman. The back is usually at a semi reclining angle, and this is the chair you use for relaxing.

Chaise longue became chaise lounge in English usage, and that is what it is usually called when we allude to a long, narrow lounging chair. Since this chair is all about relaxation, you will often find this shape in outdoor furniture.

The Sine Chaise by Thayer Coggin displays elegantly fluid lines that invite you to, well, lounge.

4. Club Chair

Photo (c) Crate and Barrel

A club chair is a cushy, upholstered chair with arms. It has arms and a low back and is usually upholstered in leather. The term comes from 19th Century England Gentlemen's Clubs that had this type of chairs for relaxing.

Like many other traditional styles, this one has been updated, too. While leather is usually the covering of choice, now club chairs come in fabric, too.

The Metropole Club Chair from Crate and Barrel is covered in leather, and has a nailhead trim.

5. Occasional Chair

Photo (c) Universal Furniture

An occasional chair is just that, a chair that is used occasionally. It is usually an extra chair that is used when you have guests over.

Occasional chairs often end up being accent pieces in a room, selected for their decorative value more than anything else.Paula Deen's The Cameo Back Wood Chair is just such a chair with an eye-catching fabric and an interesting wood finish.

6. Klismos Chairs

Modern Variation on Klismos Chair by Thom Filicia
Photo (c) Vanguard Furniture

The graceful curves of a klismos chair have assured its popularity throughout the history of furniture. The klismos chairs were first used by Greeks, but the form has been reinterpreted over the centuries.

For use in today's modern interiors and exteriors, you will find klismos chairs in a variety of materials and coverings including metal, wood and leather.

7. Slipper Chair

Skyline Furniture Armless Upholstered Slipper Accent Chair-Grey & Gold Ikat
Photo (c) PriceGrabber

A slipper chair is an armless upholstered chair with short legs that let it sits closer to the ground. It is its low height that distinguishes it, and also makes it a comfortable choice for many.

While originally slipper chairs were used in ladies' bedrooms for sitting, or to help when getting dressed, they can be found in any room in today's modern home.

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